A suburb of Birmingham has become the city’s Covid hotspot with nearly all its wards in the top 10 worst affected for coronavirus cases.
Sutton Coldfield has again become the city’s hardest hit area for Covid-19 cases, with seven of its eight wards filling the first seven places in the top 10 for highest case rates per 100,000 people in the week to November 18, the latest data available, released this week.
The figures were published in the Covid-19 – Public Health Weekly Update sent out to city councillors.
Topping the city’s list is Sutton Roughley ward with a rate of 763 cases per 100,000 people, which was 88 cases from November 12 to 18 – compared to 55 (477 per 100k) the week before.
Next highest was Sutton Four Oaks with 648 cases per 100k (59 cases), up slightly on the week before from 581.7 per 100k (53 cases) and Sutton Reddicap at 627 cases per 100k (62 cases) a rise of more than 50 per cent on the week before (394.1 per 100k, 39 cases).
Sutton Trinity – fourth in the list – saw the steepest case rate rise in the whole city from 269.6 cases per 100k to November 11 (25 cases), but now more than doubled to 625.5 cases per 100k (58 cases).
Fifth in the top 10 case rates list was Sutton Walmley & Minworth with 588.5 cases per 100k (93 cases), up from 373.3 per 100k (59 cases). Followed by Sutton Wylde Green with 573 cases per 100k (49 cases), up slightly from 514.5 (44 cases) the week before.
And the seventh highest rate was Sutton Vesey with 569 cases per 100k (111 cases), up more than 60 per cent from 353.6 per 100k (69 cases).
Sutton’s eighth ward, Sutton Mere Green sits outside the top 10 worst hit areas for coronavirus with a rate of 479 per 100k (47 cases) up a fraction from 469.1 per 100k (46 cases) a week earlier.
Sutton Coldfield overall had a rate of 606.5 cases per 100k in the week to November 18 (567 cases), more than double the city’s rate as a whole.
Completing the top 10 Birmingham list were South Yardley at 512 per 100k, Acocks Green, 501 per 100k and Brandwood & King’s Heath, 481 per 100k.
Across Birmingham there were 3,312 cases in the week to November 18 – a rate of 290.4 cases per 100k. a slight rise from 2,924 cases the week before, a rate of 256.4 per 100k.
Birmingham ranked low when taking all upper tier authorities in England into account at 131 st of 149. Rutland in the East Midlands had the highest rate of those authorities at 662 per 100k while Newham in London the lowest, at 204.6 per 100k.
The city public health update confirmed all age groups saw rises in the past week, except 40 to 59s and 60 to 79s.
The biggest rise was in the 0 to 19 age group at 40.8 per cent, with that group accounting for 38 per cent of all cases, with 20 to 39s and 40 to 59s having 27 per cent of all cases each.
Despite school-age children accounting for the highest number of cases, Birmingham’s Covid-19 school absence rate at state-funded sites was 1.4 per cent compared to 2.3 per cent nationally. And taking into account all schools the rate was 1.3 per cent compared to 2.2 per cent across the country as a whole.
Birmingham ranked 14 th of 14 for the number of PCR testing rates in the West Midlands with 2,006 tests per 100k. Shropshire was highest at 4,330 per 100k.
More than two thirds of eligible people aged 16+ in the city have had their first vaccination (67.1 per cent) and 61.7 per cent have had two doses. Booster uptake was said to currently be 63.5 per cent.
Of the 69 wards, just over a third (26) have achieved the national target of 75 per cent+ vaccine uptake. But around 327,675 people remain unvaccinated, with up to half of these aged under-50.
BrumWish 2021 aims to get thousands of Christmas gifts to young children in need across our city – the homeless, the vulnerable, kids in care and kids who have little.
This year’s appeal is bigger and better than ever – because we have teamed up with our partners at #Toys4Birmingham, including Thrive Together Birmingham, the Birmingham Playcare Network, the Edgbaston Foundation and Birmingham Forward Steps.
Also involved are Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Barnardo’s, Spurgeon’s children’s charity, the Springfield project in Sparkhill, St Paul’s Community Development Trust and Your Local Pantry, which runs food hubs in 12 locations across Birmingham and the Black Country.
You can buy a gift from the #Brumwish Amazon Wishlist here.
Or you can collect and drop off donations of new and nearly new toys and gifts to special donation days at Edgbaston Stadium, B5 7QU, on Saturday November 27, Friday December 3 and Saturday December 4, from 11am to 3pm, where volunteers will be waiting to see you.
Brand new or nearly new, unwrapped gifts, books and toys for all ages will be accepted.
You can also donate cash, which will go into a fund held by a charity partner to use to plug gaps or buy specialist toys for children with additional needs. This is the link to make a donation.
The rising Covid cases numbers were not reflected in rising deaths. There were eight deaths in the week to November 20, where patients died within 28 days of a positive test, compared to 20 deaths the week before.
At University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust sites there were 164 patients with Covid-19, with 23 of those in intensive care as at 2.30pm on Wednesday, November 24.
Heartlands Hospital had 58 Covid patients and seven in intensive care, Good Hope in Sutton Coldfield had 55 with seven in ICU, Queen Elizabeth Hospital had 45, with nine in ICU and Solihull had six Covid patients and none in ICU.
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